April 2011

Brandon Curtis Invitational Track Meet

By Matt Beach and Nathan Israelsen, SHS Staff Writers
Brandon Curtis

On Monday, May 2, the Springville High track team will host the Brandon Curtis Memorial Invitational track meet. The event starts at 1 pm at Maple Mountain High School, another demonstration of the cooperative effort in the community.  Brandon was a student at Springville High; but, in order for this meet to be a state qualifying meet it must be held on an 8-lane track and Maple Mountain is the only one in the region that meets that qualification.

This will be the last time this year that Springville students will be able to participate in raising money for the Forever Strong scholarship that has been established in Brandon's name.   All proceeds from the track meet will go to the fund the scholarship in the memory of Brandon Curtis.  The cost for this event is $2.00 per spectator 12 years and up.

The Forever Strong Scholarship was established in the memory of Brandon Curtis, the son of Jesse and Dianne Curtis of Springville, Utah. Brandon Curtis was killed in a tragic accident July 28, 2010, at the age of 18 years. Brandon was a blessing to his parents and his six brothers and sisters. He was a kind and loving kid with a "forever strong" attitude that helped him to excel in all sports. His favorite sports were football, wrestling and track.  Donations have come from many generous people in support of Brandon Curtis and his family.

Springville Track places 2nd at Timpanogos Invite

by Morgan Adams and Monty Helmer, SHS Staff Writers
Mindie Stapel
Heather Soules
Kaisa Rosenberg
Kate Hullinger
Lexi Eaton
Michael Bartholomew

Last week Timpanogos High invited over 20 schools to compete in track and field events.  Orem High’s girls track team and American Fork’s boys track team each took first place; second place went the Springville Red Devils boys and girls track teams.  

Photos by Morgan Adams, SHS Staff Photographer

ESPN’s Dyestat Ranks Eaton #1 for great hops

By Ty Shields and Jacob Ward, SHS Staff Writers (photo by Morgan Adams)
Lexi Eaton #1 in nation this year in high jump -- 5’10.5

DyeStat ranks Springville’s Lexi Eaton number one in the nation in high jump.  DyeStat is the top website for running high school athletics in the nation.  She jumped 5’10.5 at the UHSTCA Invite held at Timpanogos on the 9th of April.  Eaton had already won high jump at the meet at 5’6 then they decided to move it up for practice, and she jumped 5’8 on her first try.  Then they moved it to the school record of 5’9.5.  She then jumped 5’10.5 on her second try.  Eaton beat her previous record 5’8 by 2.5 inches.

“It did surprise me, I had no idea I could jump that high.  Hopefully I can keep that number one spot later in the season,” said Eaton. 

After she jumped that high, she decided, “Let’s go until I miss,” said Eaton.  So the coaches raised it to the next level 5’11.5 the state record, attacking one record at a time.  But, the officials had to measure the height of the bar before she jumped which caused Eaton to get out of her rhythm. 

In high jump the jumpers have three chances to jump until the competition for the jumper is over.   Eaton misses but is close and her coach Greg Shields tells her to make a couple of adjustments and try again.  Eaton, on her second attempt, runs up and jumps with perfect form clears the bar but barely clips it with her calves and knocks it off.  On her third try she was out of juice and bumped the bar with her shoulder.  Eaton barely missed setting the state record.  Eaton’s coaches have high hopes for her this year and think she can jump much higher and so does Eaton. 

Eaton currently has jumped the highest in the nation so far this year and is ranked one in 4A high school track high jump.  Experts of DyeStat say that usually by the end of the year some girl has jumped 6’1. 

Photo by Morgan Adams, SHS Staff Photographer

FBLA students do well at state competition

By Carey S. White, FBLA Advisor
FBLA Group Picture
Dexter Eppley (left) and Mykal Johnson (right) win 10th place in Global Business
Mitch Ohman (left) and Bradley Borget (right) win 10th place in Banking and Financial Systems
McKayla Montierth (Spanish Fork Jr. High) wins 9th place in Public Speaking I.jpg
left to right--Dexter Eppley, Timothy Elliott, and Mykal Johnson win 7th place in Management Information Systems.jpg
Dexter Eppley (left) and Mykal Johnson (right) win 10th place in Management Decision Making
Dexter Eppley wins 1st Place in Help Desk
Dexter Eppley wins 7th place in Computer Problem Solving

On Thursday, March 31, and Friday, April 1, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) students from Springville and Maple Mountain high schools traveled together to Utah state competition.

The following students placed in state in their respective events:  Bradley Borget and Mitch Ohman, 10th place, Banking and Financial Systems; Dexter Eppley and Mykal Johnson, 10th place, Global Business; Dexter Eppley, 1st Place, Help Desk; Dexter Eppley, Mykal Johnson and Timothy Elliott, 7th Place, Management Information Systems; Dexter Eppley, 7th Place, Computer Problem Solving; Dexter Eppley and Mykal Johnson, 10th Place, Management Decision Making; McKayla Montierth, 9th place, Public Speaking; Tyler Clement, 7th Place, Web Page Design.

The following students participated in state competition:  Bradley Borget, Mitch Ohman, Dexter Eppley, Mykal Johnson, Timothy Elliott, Olivia Garrido, Shannon Smith, Ashley Knowles, Nick H. Taylor, Zach Haycock, Tyler Clement, Kaylie Chen, Elisa Lou, Shirley Lou, Bria Heckel, Kierra Larsen, Shalyn Green and McKayla Montierth.

Dexter Eppley has qualified to attend FBLA national competition in the Help Desk event this June in Orlando, Florida.